Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery

Modern Sacred: The Saint John's Bible and Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition Available for Viewing: Aug. 28-Sept. 29, 2017 

Students Looking at St John's Bible 

About the Exhibition:

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to present "Modern Sacred: The Saint John’s Bible and Selections from the Permanent Collection," an exhibition showcasing permanent collection highlights alongside the Heritage Edition Volume “Gospels and Acts” from The Saint John’s Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. 

All of the displayed works in this exhibition are by artists who sought new forms, gestures and materials to manifest the Christian imagination.“Modern Sacred” offers a rare opportunity to examine how contemporary art explores, illuminates and represents the sacred, debuting the Heritage Edition Volume of “Gospels and Acts” fromThe Saint John’s Bible for the first time in Dallas. Visitors will get to turn each page of the Bible, witnessing firsthand the beauty of traditional and contemporary print and illumination in action. Framed prints from other volumes of the Heritage Edition will also extend viewer’s knowledge and experience of the printmaking process. 

While the exhibition features the Heritage Edition fine art reproduction of the original Bible, this creation has engaged the finest printing experts and binders to ensure faithful representation of the original manuscript. A world-class team of scribes, artists and craftspeople have guided its development from ink by first applying the cotton pages to create the handbound volumes. Each of the 1,150 pages and 160 illuminations found inside The Saint John’s Bible was detailed to ensure accurate reproduction.

Featured Exhibition Presentations:

Join us! "Modern Sacred" includes...

  • A special presentation by letter maker and designer Diane von Arx, one of only three American artists who worked on The Saint John’s Bible
  • A faculty panel on “Ideas of the Sacred in Art"
  • A film screening of “The Illuminator and a Bible for the 21st Century”

Learn more about these events here and read more about the exhibition here. 

Saint John's Bible Logo

For more information on the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible visit

Directions to the Haggerty Art Gallery:

The University of Dallas is accessible from Loop 12, Hwy. 114 or Hwy. 183.
From Hwy. 114, exit Tom Braniff, turn right on Northgate Drive, then right on Gorman Drive.From Hwy. 183 exit Carl Road, turn right on Northgate, then left on Gorman Drive.The Haggerty Gallery, located in the Haggerty Arts Village, is the copper clad building at the corner of campus roads, Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle. Free visitor parking is available throughout campus, with reserved visitor spaces in front of the Haggerty Art Gallery.


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